Friday, October 3, 2014

Gymkhana Saturday October 4

Oops - the next J6 Ranch Fall Buckle Series Gymkhana date is October 4, not the 3rd!

Be sure to come out and try your skills. This is a great way to introduce your horse (and yourself) to getting out with with around other horses and arena noise in a no-pressure environment.  You can enter all or just one or two events and you can take your horse around a pattern in hand - like leadline without the young rider.

Day pens are availabe - check with Katherine or Martha when you arrive.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gymkhana and Staying Connected

Books open at 9:00 am Saturday, October 4 for the 2014 J6 Ranch Fall Buckle Series Ghykhana.  Don't forget to tell your friends! For patterns and current standings click here.

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A new addition to the Dressage Schooling show will be Prix Caprilli - depending on your point of view this is dressage for jumpers or jumping for dressage horses.  Either way it adds a little more spice to the competition.  See more about Prix Caprilli here.

The photo is MoonlightOnSilk doing a Prix Cabrilli Intro Level Test.  Can anyone guess what is special about this horse? (If you can't figure it out you can find a hint here.)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Western Dressage Clinic

Saturday's Western Dressage Clinic at J-Six Ranch Equestrian Center presented by the Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association and featuring clinician Katherine Calkins brought together riders, horses and auditors with a wide range of experience and expectations - all wanting to know more about this emerging discipline.

Clinician Katherine Calkins demonstrating on Sparkle (owned by Marcella Kline-Green)

How is Western Dressage different from modern "traditional" dressage? It honors the horse and values the partnership*. Western Dressage is truly American in accepting horse and rider as we are and encouraging us to be the best we can be.  Based on the precepts of traditional dressage - precision of training that improves fluidity, self awareness, obedience and confidence - dressage benefits any horse and rider whether going into battle, tackling the work in the cow pen or traveling safely down the trail. 

Why are there "tests"?  Tests are used in dressage to evaluate the progress of the horse, the rider and the partnership.  In competition we may be used to "winning" but in dressage the true competition is ourselves.  While we may score higher than another horse and rider team at a show to win ribbons, our goal is to improve on the score of our last test and to move up to the next level.

Katherine Calkins has additional clinics scheduled and regular lesson groups focused on Western Dressage.  You can come watch the Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association show on May 5th to see what all the excitement is about!
Summing up for the auditors.

For more information contact Katherine by phone (520) 975-2822 or
by email: 

Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association Schooling Show
May 5 at J-Six Ranch Equestrian Center
Western and Traditional Dressage

Western Dressage Association of America
*The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is to honor the horse and to value the partnership it has provided us on our American journey. Its mission is to provide a model of training and horsemanship which optimizes this partnership for the benefit of both horse and rider. Its mission is to celebrate the American West where all these things came to pass.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gymkhana Patterns

The patterns for Saturday, April 6th Gymkhana are Cloverleaf Barrels,  2 Barrel Cowhorse,  Turn and Burn, Pole Bending and Thread the Needle.

Link to Patterns

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stay Up to Date with J-Six!

Katherine is busily reconstructing the J-Six and AZ Gymkhana web sites after they were maliciously taken down.  They'll be even better than before.  

In the meantime, to make sure you don't miss out on anything going on at J-Six, bookmark us and check back frequently at or you can subscribe by email (see the bottom of the home page) to be kept up to date on any new clinics or events.

Coming up next - 
Gymkhana on Saturday, April 6th 

and a great Western Dressage Clinic on Saturday April 13th 

Thanks for your patience until the web sites are back up. 

 Looking forward to seeing you soon for more fun at J-Six!